The Government has bought in new agency worker rules as planned on October 1, despite attempts by David Cameron to water down the controversial EU law.
The new agency workers legislation, which entitles temps to the same pay and benefits as permanent staff after just 12 weeks in a job, has now come into force.
This is despite the Prime Minister’s office secretly commissioning its own legal advice to see whether the law could be moderated to reduce its impact on
It has been reported that
A recent survey suggested almost 500,000 agency workers could lose their jobs just before Christmas as businesses moved to sack temps to avoid the new rules. The law could cost employers £1.8bn a year to abide by.
This will have a massive impact on businesses wanting to keep on temps over the Christmas period and may enforce a mass change in business strategy before the seasonal recruitment period.
It seems things have got ever more confusing over whether the Government plans to dilute the regulations to make it easier for companies to employ people, and looks like they might have failed.
It seems temporary contracts might have a lifespan of only 12 weeks in the very near future – which isn’t great news for temps or businesses!
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